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Marketplace / Dianemo Exposed - Using Wifi for Audio/Video & Control
« on: November 24, 2014, 12:29:44 pm »
A Series Highlighting How to Configure your Dianemo System

With the availability of good quality Wifi 802.11g/n routers & devices in recent years using wifi to connect your devices to your Core/NC has become a reliable solution. There are many situations where running new CAT5 cables in a property is not possible. It might be because the property has been recently re-decorated, the property might be rented or it might simply be that you just don't have CAT5 in the right places. In all these situations and many more too using Wifi is a viable solution in the vast majority of cases.

In smaller properties, or apartments, a single wifi router may be all that is required to get good signal coverage. But in larger properties you may need to consider using wifi extenders to extend the range of your wifi LAN to more distant locations. Wifi extenders are readily available now if you need them and are very affordable too.

The main advantage of using wifi is that you can locate your wifi device wherever you have a power outlet. Below a TV or Audio Amplifier for example or in the case of devices like Raspberry Pi's tucked behind the equipment you need to send audio to or control is possible too.

As a company we have a lot of experience with wifi in installations through both our professional installers and software license customers. I have several Raspberry Pi's around my home and they are all connected over Wifi. In my case i'm using wifi connected Raspberry Pi's for  CEC control, XBMC video and SqueezeLite audio. We have customers who also have SmartTV's connected over Wifi too.

Clearly if you've invested in CAT5 to each room then use it. But if you haven't or if you forgot to run that now very important last run of CAT5 to a guest room then go with Wifi for sure.

If you have any questions about wifi in general, Dianemo, Raspbmc-CEC, RaspSqueeze-CEC or RaspCEC-Pi then please just PM me here or contact me at; inquiries@ellipticalcurve.com

Andy


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The new Raspberry Pi Model A+ combined with our RaspSqueeze-CEC or RaspCEC-Pi firmware is perfect for discretely tucking away where you don't have any CAT5. Simply add a usb wifi adapter and you have the smallest most energy efficient audio/CEC control solution there is. See below for more details;

http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=8880.msg100541#msg100541

All the best

Andy

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RaspSqueeze-CEC & RaspCEC-Pi Now Available for the New low Cost Raspberry Pi Model A+

Announcing support for the brand new Raspberry Pi Model A+ http://www.raspberrypi.org/raspberry-pi-model-a-plus-on-sale/. The Model A+ is smaller than earlier models, uses a lot less power and at $20 USD (plus tax & shipping) is the cheapest Rpi yet. The new Rpi Model A+ has no LAN port so you will need to use a usb wifi adapter when using it with either RaspSqueeze-CEC or RaspCEC-Pi software.

We think that the new Model A+ is really a breakthrough device for anyone with audio or control applications. So if your planning on using CEC control for your TV's or want SqueezeLite audio all over your house then the RaspBerry Pi Model A+ combined with either RaspSqueeze-CEC or RaspCEC-Pi is the perfect combination.

Get Information on RaspSqueeze-CEC here;
http://www.ellipticalcurve.com/smart-home-software-services/raspsqueeze-cec-software-for-dianemo-linuxmce/

Get information on RaspCEC-Pi here;
http://www.ellipticalcurve.com/smart-home-software-services/raspcec-pi-hdmi-cec-control-interface-with-web-api/

We have revised and simplified our pricing for all our Raspberry Pi software too - we now offer two very affordable simplified licences;

- $99.95 USD; Install on up to 4x Raspberry Pi's (on a single LinuxMCE/Dianemo System)
- $159.95 USD; Install on unlimited numbers of Raspberry Pi's (on a single LinuxMCE/Dianemo System)

The spec of RaspCEC-Pi is the same as for our RaspCEC-Pi Pro (for Professional AV/Automation System installers)  http://www.ellipticalcurve.com/dianemo-products-services/raspcec-pi-hdmi-cec-control-interface-with-web-api/ but does not include professional level support and therefore costs far less.

For more information/questions or to place an order please either PM me here or by email; inquiries@ellipticalcurve.com

All the best

Andy

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Users / Re: LinuxMCE suddenly rings
« on: November 22, 2014, 12:36:14 pm »
whats the correct way to check that? I had only one SIP provider and since it did not work I was not using it. Even after disabling that account it was still doing the ringing.

Fortunately it seems to have stopped ringing after a few reboots.

I still get all these entries in the call detailed records log. Is that normal? I do/use nothing with telecom

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2014-11-21 14:29:57 SIP 2055 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-21 14:25:41 SIP 1181 Answer s ANSWERED 00:01
2014-11-21 14:22:51 SIP 106 Congestion s ANSWERED 00:13
2014-11-21 14:21:25 SIP 1181 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-21 14:19:35 SIP 88108 Congestion s ANSWERED 00:13
2014-11-21 14:17:12 SIP 1181 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-21 14:15:25 SIP 400 Answer s ANSWERED 00:01
2014-11-21 14:12:58 SIP 1181 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-21 14:08:49 SIP 9996 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-21 14:06:33 SIP 9999 Answer s ANSWERED 00:01
2014-11-21 14:04:41 SIP 9996 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-21 14:00:24 SIP 9996 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-21 14:00:19 SIP 400 Wait s ANSWERED 00:01
2014-11-21 13:57:08 SIP 106 Congestion s ANSWERED 00:13
2014-11-21 13:56:08 SIP 9996 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-21 13:51:55 SIP 8001 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-21 13:50:42 SIP 209 Answer s ANSWERED 00:01
2014-11-21 13:47:43 SIP 8001 Answer s ANSWERED 00:01
2014-11-21 13:45:24 SIP 400 Answer s ANSWERED 00:01
2014-11-21 13:43:32 SIP 8001 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-21 13:39:22 SIP 8001 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-21 13:35:13 SIP 9999 Answer s ANSWERED 00:01
2014-11-21 13:35:08 SIP 9509 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-21 13:31:07 SIP 106 Congestion s ANSWERED 00:13
2014-11-21 13:30:57 SIP 9509 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-21 13:30:20 SIP 400 Answer s ANSWERED 00:01
2014-11-21 13:26:42 SIP 9509 Answer s ANSWERED 00:01
2014-11-21 13:22:31 SIP 9509 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-21 13:18:17 SIP 6303 Answer s ANSWERED 00:01
2014-11-21 13:15:01 SIP 1004 Wait s ANSWERED 00:01

A simple test would be to temporarily disable the external trunk and see if the phantom rings still happen. If they do with the external trunk to your telecom provider disabled then you know that the cause is something internal to your system.

All the best

Andy

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Let's be clear.  I am not confused about the product you are offering or the extent (or not) of its' capabilities.  I am confused by the fact that your subject line claims there is support for it in LinuxMCE when there is not.  I would consider purchasing your product, and promote it to others for you, if it was actually supported from LinuxMCE.

Thank you for clarifying that you intend to add the needed Device Template(s) so that it can be 'supported from LinuxMCE' as you claim. 

Jason

Hi Jason,

As I said in my initial, and follow up responses, we have customers who already have working GSD devices on their LinuxMCE systems and we will have the source code for a GSD available shortly that I will make freely available here. Every LinuxMCE customer who has purchased our HDMI-CEC firmware to date was, and is, fully aware that they will need to create their own simple GSD device currently, as we have made that clear in the posts relating to purchasing our firmware and again before they confirm their purchase. No one has been misled, tricked into purchasing our HDMI-CEC firmware. The only post where we have not mentioned the current need to create your own GSD device is the follow up post relating to our software having been updated to support HDMI-CEC enabled HDMI Switches ie this post. But of course now you and I have discussed this in depth, here in this thread, no one can be in anyway confused about this issue even if they only ever read this thread.

I would also ask any existing customer of our HDMI-CEC firmware to contact me directly if they need any help/support to create their own simple GSD device - or alternatively wait for our GSD device to be available.

Lastly if anyone is still confused, or felt they were not informed about needing to create a simple GSD device prior to purchasing our HDMI-CEC firmware for the Raspberry Pi, then they can post here or contact me directly and they can have a full refund.

All the best

Andy

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Hi Andrew,

You seem to be taking my position as a personally attack, I can assure you that nothing is farther from the truth.  I have never once suggested that you should not be selling your hardware/software through the forums here, or in conjuction with LinuxMCE, or supported in LinuxMCE when that is the case.  And I will never suggest that you should not be.

I have not, and never will, dispute that you have contributed greatly, and continue to contribute to LinuxMCE.  I, and everyone in the community, appreciate that greatly!  Let me say that again: *I* appreciate what you do and your contributions to the community greatly!  I have a great deal of respect for you Andrew.  It is because I wish to keep that respect that I brought this issue forward.

This statement is false.  *I* am confused due to the subject of this thread "Support Added for CEC control of HDMI Switches from LinuxMCE".  There is no support in LinuxMCE for your device.  That is confusing to me, and I'm not the only one.

Jason

Hi Jason,

Firstly I am sure that if there were any confusion about the need currently to create your own GSD device to communicate with our HDMI-CEC products I would be the first one to hear about it or someone would have posted to this thread. No one has posted here stating they are confused about this either. Lastly if a customer who has already purchased one of our HDMI-CEC enabled firmware licenses was unhappy in any way they can post here or PM me for a refund.

As far as I know you, a person who is not a customer, are the only person who is 'confused'. But hopefully this thread has removed that confusion now.

All the best

Andy

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A Series Highlighting How to Configure your Dianemo System

Configuring controllable AV amplifiers is very easy in Dianemo. This section of the Dianemo Wiki page explains how to configure your Denon AVR amplifiers for control by Dianemo;

http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Configuring_a_Denon_AVR_or_Similar_Controllable_Amplifier

All the best

Andy

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Marketplace / Dianemo Athena UI Update
« on: November 21, 2014, 05:09:57 pm »
Just a quick update on progress on our new Athena UI;

We've been working on updating a load of behind the scenes utility code for managing how audio volume controls react to user input. This code interacts with various types of AV amps and zone Amps. We've also been adding support to our UPnP stack for audio volume commands to improve how we control that aspect of many devices eg some SmartTV's and also Sonos.

We're getting ever closer to a Beta release too... more news on that soon.

All the best

Andy

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Hi Jason,

I make it very clear to LinuxMCE users that they will need to create a simple GSD device before they can use any of our HDMI-CEC firmware in my main post about the software. There is no confusion on this AT ALL.

I have been participating and contributing in this forum, the wiki and LinuxMCE generally since the first day LinuxMCE existed and before that was very active in the Pluto forums and its development community too. CHT of course has also contributed large amounts of time, effort and software to LinuxMCE over that period too. So I would hope everyone here knows of me and understands they can place trust in me.

If anyone who has purchased any of my HDMI-CEC enabled software feels they were not aware of the need to create a small
GSD before they purchased a license then they can contact me and I will give them a full refund.

All the best

Andy

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Andrew,

I would like to point out that you are not advertising truthfully about the product.  Your CEC devices do not work with LinuxMCE unless the user creates their own driver in LinuxMCE for it.  It is my opinion that it is poor form to claim compatibility when there is none.

Jason

I clearly state that currently LinuxMCE users need to create a simple GSD device to interface to our CEC control firmware for Raspberry Pi - see http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=8880.msg100457#msg100457

Our Rest based API is easy to create a template for and In fact several LinuxMCE customers have already written basic device templates themselves and have those working now. I also have a device template in development that I will make freely available to the community shortly that can either be used as is or can of course be enhanced by anyone who cares to do so.

All the best

Andy

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Dianemo delivers high quality multi-room, synchronised music to every room in your home, with real-time playlist updates & complete control from any Orbiter.

Getting your Music library working with Dianemo is super easy. Dianemo uses Logitech Media Server (LMS) as its streaming music server and we've built tight integration with LMS directly into our software. Wherever your Music comes from LMS will index and stream it for you - even iTunes. You Music library can be on your Core's hardrive, on your laptop/PC's hard drive, on a NAS or on Spotify. We leverage all the capabilities of LMS to manage your Music, provide you with sophisticated PlayList support including dynamically updated iTunes Playlists, integrated Internet radio station presets, support for multi-source Spotify streaming (paid Spotify account required) and full support for the thousands of great LMS plugins too.

Simply follow our LMS setup guide below to get your music wherever you want it in your Home;

http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Configuring_Logitech_Media_Server

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Marketplace / Dianemo Exposed - Getting Help using Remote Assistance
« on: November 20, 2014, 03:15:31 pm »
Every Dianemo installation has our Remote Assistance service built into it. Remote Assistance allows our support team to remotely connect to your Dianemo system to diagnose problems or fix issues. You are in control of when Remote Assistance is turned on and can change that setting from Web Admin;

http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Turning_On_Remote_Assistance

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Users / Re: LinuxMCE suddenly rings
« on: November 19, 2014, 02:31:37 pm »
LMCE suddenly started ringing. I have tons of unknown entries in the call log but non on the specific ring times. Any ideas what it might be and what might cause it? Also what are all those entries?

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2014-11-14 07:03:44 SIP 5001 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-14 06:58:35 SIP 10001 Congestion s ANSWERED 00:13
2014-11-14 06:55:09 SIP 100 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-14 06:52:05 SIP 100 Congestion s ANSWERED 00:13
2014-11-14 06:49:39 SIP 100 Congestion s ANSWERED 00:13
2014-11-14 06:49:24 SIP 4001 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-14 06:34:47 SIP 4001 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-14 06:27:28 SIP 100 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-14 06:22:45 SIP 100 Congestion s ANSWERED 00:13
2014-11-14 06:22:26 SIP 100 Congestion s ANSWERED 00:13
2014-11-14 06:19:59 SIP 4001 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-14 06:07:47 SIP 10001 Congestion s ANSWERED 00:13
2014-11-14 06:07:03 SIP 102030 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-14 06:07:02 SIP 102030 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-14 06:07:00 SIP 102030 Answer s ANSWERED 00:01
2014-11-14 06:06:59 SIP 102030 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-14 06:06:57 SIP 102030 Answer s ANSWERED 00:01
2014-11-14 06:06:56 SIP 102030 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-14 06:06:54 SIP 102030 Answer s ANSWERED 00:01
2014-11-14 06:06:53 SIP 102030 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-14 06:05:29 SIP 4001 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-14 05:59:44 SIP 100 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-14 05:53:10 SIP 100 Congestion s ANSWERED 00:13
2014-11-14 05:51:59 SIP 2006 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-14 05:51:58 SIP 2006 Answer s ANSWERED 00:01
2014-11-14 05:51:57 SIP 2006 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-14 05:51:56 SIP 2006 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-14 05:51:55 SIP 2006 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-14 05:51:54 SIP 2006 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-14 05:51:53 SIP 2006 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00

Do you have an external trunk connected to a telecome provider? Can inbound external calls reach your system? It could be a auto-dialer from an external source. Another possibility is that you have accidentally created or triggered a 'rogue' telecom scenario or possibly created a scenario that accidentally calls the main call group every 10 mins.

Just some ideas....

All the best

Andy

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Initial configuration of Dianemo systems from one of our support team has proved to be a big hit with Pro Smart Home Installers so now we thought we'd make this available to you guys - but at a remarkable price;

http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=8880.msg100514#msg100514

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Dianemo License Special
Offer Includes Remote Configuration by an Installation Engineer

**All Sold - This Offer Has Closed.**

Now you can get you're own Dianemo system up and working in just a few hours - because one of our support team will be there to help you do it!

Note; We're adding Q&A entries below as they come in so please scan for new entries below if you see this post has been updated

We're offering a limited number of full Dianemo System Licenses at the very low price of $179.95 USD per license. The big news is that these licenses also come bundled with our Remote Assistance Configuration Package included for free. We connect to your Dianemo system remotely (you activate Remote Assistance in Web Admin to authorise this) and we configure whatever you require. The aim is to get your Dianemo system into a working & useful state as quickly as possible. The added benefit for you is that you will learn from our support engineer about configuring your system too.

Q: What is your Remote Assistance Configuration Package?
A: You complete the basic installation of Dianemo using our simple installer. We then provide up to 4 hours of our secure Remote Assistance from one of our support engineers to get your System configured in any way you like. This is essentially the service we sell as an extra cost item to Pro Smart Home Installers for over $200 USD. Our Support Engineer can securely access your Dianemo Web Admin & ssh Terminal to get your system configured. You then can disable Remote Assistance again in Web Admin to disable our access.

Q: Why should I choose Dianemo over LinuxMCE?
A: Most of our home users choose Dianemo because they simply want a working system as quickly as possible and with the least amount of effort & fuss. Dianemo gets you there quickly because that's what we as a company have focussed on. Many of you will probably value that too. Pro installers certainly do - if they want to build a profitable business and have happy customers. The current phase of Dianemo's development is more about adding advanced features and simplifying how UI's are built for Orbiters. Some home users are looking for this too - as again are Pro Installers. If you are more focussed on the process of getting your system working, and your enjoyment is centred in that process, then LinuxMCE is probably what you should go for.

Q: Do I get all the same features in Dianemo that Pro Installers get?
A: Yes 100%. Pro Installers simply get a different package of support services from us that is designed to support their installation businesses. That is why Pro Installers pay a very considerably higher license fee. In many cases Pro Installers also purchase our hardware products which have Dianemo pre-installed on them and are pre-configured to suit the customer installation they are destined for.

Q: How easy is Dianemo to install?
A: The simple answer is incredibly easy. I can't remember the last time we had to help a customer install Dianemo on their hardware in fact. Just follow the simple process described on the Dianemo Wiki page and that's it ( http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Installing_from_scratch_on_12.04LTS ). And with the Configuration Package, that is part of this special offer, you only need to do the basic install and you can then let us do the basic configuration for you (you may have to plug some hardware in eg a Camera or SmartTV etc).

Q: Will Dianemo Install on my hardware?
A: Almost certainly yes. If you can boot your hardware with a Ubuntu 12.04 Desktop LiveCD ( See here; http://releases.ubuntu.com/12.04/ubuntu-12.04.5-desktop-i386.iso ) then Dianemo is definitely compatible with your hardware.

Q: What happens if I do hit a problem on installation?
A: If you do have any problems then contact me and we will help resolve the problem for you.

Q: How is the Remote Assistance Configuration Package different to your normal support?
A: The Configuration Package that we are offering free with this Dianemo License special offer is for 1:1 personalised configuration of your system carried out remotely by one of our support team. Its as close to having an installer visit your house as we can get without actually visiting your house. Our Remote Configuration package is an added value provided with this current special offer and should not be confused with our normal product support, which is where we answer or resolve questions after you purchase your Dianemo system. Product support is always free via this forum for any Dianemo customer.

Q: When can the configuration be carried out?
A: We will schedule a time with you after discussing what you need configured. Usually the work is completed in a single session of 4 hours but if required can be split over 2 or 3 sessions too. There is no time limit to limit to when we configure your Dianemo system - it might be immediately (support engineer availability permitting) or at any time that suits you.

Q: What can be configured?
A: Pretty much anything - Security Camera, Streaming Audio, Virtualized Sound Cards, Internet Radio stations. Basically anything that will help you get your system up and working for you.

Q: How much can be configured in 4 Hours?
A: A lot. But it does depend on what you'd like to be helped with. eg Security Cameras can be quickly configured in say 20-30 mins per camera if you choose a make/model that we have experience of (see the Dianemo Wiki page). If its a new make/model of camera that we haven't worked on before then it might take longer. Internet Radio is normally about a 30 min task for example. While adding an iOS/Web Orbiter takes about 15 mins and a SmartTV about 20 mins. Good planning and preparation is important to maximise the value you get from our engineers time ie make sure you have all your Security Cameras available and that any cabling or connections have been made (our engineer will obviously need your input for anything physical).

Q: Can I still configure and customise my Dianemo system myself?
A: Yes absolutely. Dianemo is as customisable as LinuxMCE and no area of the system is blocked or hidden from you in any way. Dianemo is supported and developed by CHT and has been optimised to make it simpler and easier to configure and setup 'out of the box' by you. Our Configuration Package, that comes free with this offer, simply provides you with access to a skilled installation engineer who will make the configuration process even easier for you.

This is a great deal that will allow you to build your own Dianemo system for an unbelievably low cost and get it working in your home quickly. So don't delay purchasing one of these as they will sell out very quickly. All orders must be paid by Paypal and this offer is strictly on a first come first served basis.

To purchase please PM me asap here on the Forum or email me at inquiries@ellipticalcurve.com

All the best

Andy

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